RN to BS Nursing Degree

NURSING - Bachelors of Science

Program Advisor: Ann Tierney, MS, RN

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing, awarded by the University of Massachusetts, designed for working registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree, is offered in collaboration with Berkshire Community College. This program is in response to the demand for more nurses with advanced levels of education to meet the needs of today’s health care delivery system. Prerequisite course work for the program may be scheduled over a number of semesters depending on individual student needs. General education and nursing foundation courses must be completed before admission to the nursing major. Many courses taken at BCC will transfer to UMass/Amherst. CLEP and other challenge examinations may be accepted for credit in some areas. Course work completed at colleges or universities other than Berkshire Community College will be reviewed for transfer to the University. The UMass/Amherst program of study, taught by University faculty, is a learner-centered program combining Internet/Web-based instruction and clinical practice to meet the needs of registered nurses with other life responsibilities.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete the program. (see footnote 1)

General Education, Electives and Nursing Prerequisite Courses (see Footnote 2)  60 Credits
Nutrition 3
Anatomy and Physiology 8
Microbiology 4
English Composition 3
Literature or Fine Arts 3
History 3
Statistics 3
Growth and Development/Life Span 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Social World 3
Physical Science 3
Electives 21
Online UMass/Amherst Nursing Courses  30 Credits
N290B Introduction to Healthcare Informatics. 3
N312 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 4
N315 Health and Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families 3
N317 Writing in Nursing. 3
N415 Community Focus in Nursing 3
N418 Nursing Process: Families 3
N420 Introduction to Research in Nursing 3
N438 Professional Role 3
N440 Vulnerable and Under-served Populations 3
N498S Practicum: Special Populations 2

Completion Options

Students may complete this program on a full- or part-time basis as follows: (see footnote 3).

One Year Plan

Summer 9 Credits
N312 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 4
N317 Writing in Nursing 3
N415 Community Focus in Nursing 3
Fall 8 Credits
N315 Health and Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families  
N440 Vulnerable and Under-served Populations  
N498S Practicum: Special Populations  
Winter 3 Credits
N290B Introduction to Health Care Information 3
Spring 10 Credits

N420 Introduction to Research in Nursing. 

3

N438 Professional Role

3

N418 Nurse Process: Families

3

Two Year Plan
Summer I 6 Credits
N317 Writing in Nursing 3
N415 Community Focus in Nursing 3
Fall I 5 Credits
N440 Vulnerable and Under-served Populations 3
N498S Practicum: Special Populations 2
Winter I 3 Credits
N290B Introduction to Health Care Information 3
(Take Either Winter I or Winter II)  
Spring I 4 Credits
N418 Nurse Process: Families 3
Summer II  3 Credits
N312 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 4
Fall II  3 Credits
N315 Health and Physical Assessment of Individuals and Families 3
Winter II 3 Credits
N290 Introduction to Health Care Information 3
(Take Either Winter I or Winter II)  
Spring II 6 Credits
N420 Introduction to Research in Nursing. 3
N438 Professional Role 3
Footnotes:
1. The 120 credits for graduation are derived as follows:
- Nursing Prerequisite, general education and electives, 60 credits
- RN Licensure - 30 credits
- Online program - 30 credits
2. A world/global diversity course is also required. This course may be
integrated with a general education or elective course.
3. There are two admission cycles: - Spring (January)  and Summer (June)